Professor Layton and the Curious Village - DS/DSi

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Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS/DSi)
Viewed: 2D Static screen Genre:
Adventure: Point and Click
Media: Cartridge Arcade origin:No
Developer: Level 5 Soft. Co.: Nintendo
Publishers: Nintendo (GB)
Released: 7 Nov 2008 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 7+


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Professor Layton and the Curious Village is a point-and-click adventure game in which you play Professor Layton and his young assistant Luke as they travel around the mysterious village of St. Mystere. You guide them through a comic style adventure as they attempt to locate the "Golden Apple", solving a series of mysteries along the way.

St. Mystere is divided into several areas that you can move between, though you have to unlock certain areas before you can enter them. As you explore St Mystere, you can talk to non playable characters and investigate objects tapping the screen. Many of the characters will ask Layton and Luke to solve a puzzle or they may discover a hidden puzzle when they investigate an object or item. If you fail to successfully solve a puzzle, it will be stored for you to try again later.

There is a wide variety of puzzles types for you to try, from straightforward brain teasers, through logic puzzles to mathematical problems. Each puzzle you successfully solve will reward you in "picarats", which are the currency of the game (and not very small rodents as their name suggests!). There is no time limit to each puzzle, and if you get stuck, there are three hints available to help you. Each hint costs you a "hint coin". You start the game with ten hint coins, and you can find more as you explore St Mystere. If you get a puzzle wrong, you can re-try it as many times as you like, but the first two times, it's picarat value is decreased. If you get really stuck you can give up on a puzzle and come back to it later, though some puzzles must be solved if you wish to progress. Another reward for successfully solving puzzles is a Gizmo. Gizmos can be used to build a robot dog that can help you find hint coins.

If you solve all 120 puzzles in the main game and each of these additional puzzles, 15 bonus puzzles are unlocked. Even more puzzles are made available each week via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.

Professor Layton and the Mysterious Village has already been a smash success in Japan and China, and it's likely to be just as popular with European gamers.